51 days in Madagascar & Bologna Itinerary

51 days in Madagascar & Bologna Itinerary

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51 days in Madagascar & Bologna Itinerary

Start: Rome, Italy
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Nosy Be, Madagascar
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Antsiranana (Diego Suarez), Madagascar
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Nosy Iranja, Madagascar
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Antananarivo, Madagascar
— 5 nights
5
Morondava, Madagascar
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Isalo, Madagascar
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h
7
Ambalavao, Madagascar
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Fianarantsoa, Madagascar
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  10​h
9
Tolanaro, Madagascar
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
10
Andasibe, Madagascar
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
11
Toamasina (Tamatave), Madagascar
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
12
Maroantsetra, Madagascar
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
13
Fenoarivo Atsinanana, Madagascar
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  27​h
14
Bologna, Italy
— 14 nights
train:  2​h
End: Rome, Italy

2
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Nosy Be, Madagascar

Nosy Be ©
The island of Nosy Be, off the coast of Madagascar, remains the country's premier beach getaway renowned for its tranquil ambience, pristine shoreline, and year-round warm weather.
Nosy Be is known for wildlife, parks, nature, zoos & aquariums, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, step off the mainland to explore Nosy Sakatia, ride a horse along Ambaro Ranch, and stroll through Lokobe Nature Special Reserve.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Nosy Be vacation website .

Rome, Italy to Nosy Be is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern African Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Nosy Be are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Antsiranana (Diego Suarez).

Things to do in Nosy Be

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Ambaro Ranch ©
Ambaro Ranch
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nosy Sakatia ©
Nosy Sakatia

4
nights
Antsiranana (Diego Suarez), Madagascar

Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) ©
On a trip to Antsiranana, a sleepy port town in Madagascar's northernmost province, you can enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of its streets, lined with quaint colonial-era buildings and colorful marketplaces.
Change things up with a short trip to Amber Mountain National Park in Joffreville (about 40 minutes away). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to The three bays, step into the grandiose world of Windsor Castle, try to win big at Grand Cercle de Diego, and get outside with Mer D'Emeraude.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Nosy Be to Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) takes 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nosy Iranja.

Things to do in Antsiranana (Diego Suarez)

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Amber Mountain National Park
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Amber Mountain National Park ©
Amber Mountain National Park
The three bays ©
The three bays
Les Trois Baies ©
Les Trois Baies

1
night
Nosy Iranja, Madagascar

Nosy Iranja
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): get outside with Nosy Iranja.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nosy Iranja trip site .

Getting from Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) to Nosy Iranja by flight takes about 2 hours. In July in Nosy Iranja, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Antananarivo.

Things to do in Nosy Iranja

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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5
nights
Antananarivo, Madagascar

Antananarivo ©
Surrounded by verdant rice paddies, Madagascar's capital and the country's commercial and cultural hub, Antananarivo boasts a rich history and heritage, evident in its numerous historic buildings, colonial-era neighborhoods, and archaeological museums.
Antananarivo is known for zoos & aquariums, historic sites, shopping, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ambohimanga, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Lemurs' Park, stop by Lisy Art Gallery, and steep yourself in history at Maison de Jean Laborde.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Antananarivo vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Nosy Iranja to Antananarivo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, Antananarivo is little chillier than Nosy Iranja - with highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Morondava.

Things to do in Antananarivo

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Lemurs' Park ©
Lemurs' Park
Ambohimanga ©
Ambohimanga
Musee de la Photographie de Madagascar ©

3
nights
Morondava, Madagascar

Morondava ©
Known for its iconic road lined with ancient Baobab trees, the sleepy coastal village of Morondava serves as a popular base for travelers looking to explore the national parks and nature reserves of Madagascar.
Morondava is known for parks, nature, wildlife, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Avenue of the Baobabs, step off the mainland to explore Madagascar, and delve into the lush surroundings at Kirindy Forest Morondava Madagascar.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Morondava trip planner .

Getting from Antananarivo to Morondava by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll travel to Isalo.

Things to do in Morondava

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Avenue of the Baobabs ©
Avenue of the Baobabs
Madagascar ©
Madagascar
Kirindy Forest Morondava Madagascar ©

3
nights
Isalo, Madagascar

Isalo ©
Isalo is a town and commune in Madagascar. Take a break from Isalo with a short trip to Tsiribihina River in Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, about 40 minutes away.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Isalo trip planner.

Getting from Morondava to Isalo by car takes about 4.5 hours. On the 6th (Tue), you'll travel to Ambalavao.

Things to do in Isalo

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Tsiribihina River
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Tsiribihina River ©
Tsiribihina River

2
nights
Ambalavao, Madagascar

Ambalavao ©
Ambalavao is a city in Madagascar, in the Haute Matsiatra region. On the 8th (Thu), hike the day away at Il trekking del Camaleonte. Spend the 9th (Fri) exploring nature at Parc National de l'Andringitra. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Anja Reserve.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Ambalavao trip maker .

Getting from Isalo to Ambalavao by car takes about 9 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Fianarantsoa.

Things to do in Ambalavao

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Parc National de l'Andringitra ©
Parc National de l'Andringitra
Anja Reserve ©
Anja Reserve

2
nights
Fianarantsoa, Madagascar

Fianarantsoa ©
The university town of Fianarantsoa (which means "good education" in Malagasy), serves as a commercial and intellectual center of Madagascar.
On the 10th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Ranomafana National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Labo photo Pierrot Men, don't miss a visit to Carved balconies, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Blue pool, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Black pool.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Fianarantsoa attractions tool .

You can drive from Ambalavao to Fianarantsoa in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tolanaro.

Things to do in Fianarantsoa

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Ranohira, Carved balconies
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Ranomafana National Park ©
Ranomafana National Park
Blue pool ©
Blue pool

1
night
Tolanaro, Madagascar

Tolanaro ©
On the 12th (Mon), stroll around Parc National d'Andohahela. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): delve into the lush surroundings at Domaine de la Cascade and then stroll through Lokaro Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tolanaro trip builder tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Fianarantsoa to Tolanaro takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Tolanaro sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Andasibe.

Things to do in Tolanaro

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Parc National d'Andohahela ©
Parc National d'Andohahela

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nights
Andasibe, Madagascar

Andasibe ©
When you take a trip to Andasibe, you'll discover a protected rainforest in eastern Madagascar.
Spend the 14th (Wed) exploring nature at Andasibe-Mantadia National Park (Reserve of Perinet). There's much more to do: stroll around Analamazaotra Special Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Mitsinjo Reserve, and explore the striking landscape of V.O.I.M.M.A. Community Reserve.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Andasibe trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Tolanaro to Andasibe takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Toamasina (Tamatave).

Things to do in Andasibe

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Analamazaotra Special Reserve ©
Analamazaotra Special Reserve
V.O.I.M.M.A. Community Reserve ©
V.O.I.M.M.A. Community Reserve

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nights
Toamasina (Tamatave), Madagascar

Toamasina (Tamatave) ©
Toamasina, meaning "like salt" or "salty", unofficially and in French also Tamatave, is the capital of the Atsinanana region on the east coast of Madagascar on the Indian Ocean. On the 17th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Andasibe-Mantadia National Park - Reserve of Perinet. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Parc Ivoloina, then enjoy the sea views from Phare de l'Ile aux Prunes, then see the interesting displays at Musee de la Gendarmerie, and finally look for gifts at Nulle Part Ailleurs.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Toamasina (Tamatave) day trip planning site .

Getting from Andasibe to Toamasina (Tamatave) by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight. In August in Toamasina (Tamatave), expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Maroantsetra.

Things to do in Toamasina (Tamatave)

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Andasibe-Mantadia National Park - Reserve of Perinet, Musee de la Gendarmerie
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Musee de la Gendarmerie ©
Musee de la Gendarmerie
Phare de l'Ile aux Prunes ©
Phare de l'Ile aux Prunes

2
nights
Maroantsetra, Madagascar

Maroantsetra ©
Maroantsetra is a market town and domestic seaport in Analanjirofo Region, Madagascar, at the northern end of the Bay of Antongil.Maroantsetra is the main point of access to Masoala National Park and the Nosy Mangabe special reserve, and the headquarters of the park authority.Access to the town is mainly by air, with regular connections to Toamasina and Antananarivo or by sea. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Masoala National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Nosy Mangabe.

Plan my day in Maroantsetra using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from Toamasina (Tamatave) to Maroantsetra in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Fenoarivo Atsinanana.

Things to do in Maroantsetra

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Masoala National Park ©
Masoala National Park
Nosy Mangabe ©
Nosy Mangabe

2
nights
Fenoarivo Atsinanana, Madagascar

Fenoarivo Atsinanana
Fenoarivo Atsinanana is a city in Madagascar.It is the capital of the Analanjirofo region and of the Fenoarivo Atsinanana District.The city is located on the east coast about 103 km north of the city of Toamasina.EconomyThe region around Fénérive is one of the most important clove growing areas of Madagascar. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Rainforests of the Atsinanana.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Fenoarivo Atsinanana trip planner .

Getting from Maroantsetra to Fenoarivo Atsinanana by car takes about 11.5 hours. August in Fenoarivo Atsinanana sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 25°C at night. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll travel to Bologna.

Things to do in Fenoarivo Atsinanana

Nature Parks
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Bologna, Italy

Bologna ©
A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
Explore Bologna's surroundings by going to Florence (The Baptistery of St. John, Uffizi Galleries, & more), Ravenna (Mausoleo di Galla Placidia, Basilica San Vitale, & more) and Modena (Acetaia Villa San Donnino, Acetaia Giuseppe Giusti, & more). There's still lots to do: gain insight with Academya Lingue, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, make a trip to Piazza Maggiore, and admire the masterpieces at Palazzo Comunale.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Bologna vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Fenoarivo Atsinanana to Bologna with the Route module. Traveling from Fenoarivo Atsinanana to Bologna, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Fenoarivo Atsinanana in August, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Bologna: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the train back home.

Things to do in Bologna

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Florence, Modena, Ravenna, Piazza Maggiore
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Gallerie Degli Uffizi ©
Gallerie Degli Uffizi
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery ©
Academy Of Florence Art Gallery
Piazzale Michelangelo ©
Piazzale Michelangelo

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